Barry Bartel


(303) 926-5292


Litigation and Appeals


Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon

Editor-in-Chief, Willamette Law Review, 1990-1991

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 1991

Certificate in Dispute Resolution, 1991

Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas

Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 1984



U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado


Attorney, Chipman Glasser LLC, Denver, Colorado, 2021-2022

Bartel Solutions LLC, Colorado, 2017 – present (inactive)

Coordinator, Conference Minister Team, Mountain States Mennonite Conference, Mountain States, 2017- 2020 (quarter time)

Executive Director, Ecumenical Project for International Cooperation, Colorado, 2017 – 2019

Of Counsel, Holland & Hart LLP, Denver, Colorado, 2010-2017

President, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas, 2006-2009

Associate Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP, Denver, Colorado, 2003-2006

Co-Director, Mennonite Central Committee Bolivia Program, Santa Cruz, Bolivia 1998-2003

Associate Attorney, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, Denver, Colorado, 1993-1997

Judicial Law Clerk: Justice Richard L. Unis, Oregon Supreme Court, Salem, Oregon, 1991-1993

Project Coordinator:  MCC Rural Community Development Project, Bois de Laurence, Haiti, 1985-1988


In addition to numerous columns and articles regarding organizational governance issues, conflict management, and cross-cultural dynamics over the past decade, Barry’s publications include:

“Oil and Gas 2016 Annual Report (Colorado),” ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources Law Journal, The Year in Review 2016, p. 217, also published as “Legal Developments in 2016 Affecting the Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industry (Colorado),” 54 RMMLF Journal No. 1 (2017) p. 40, co-author with Jean Feriancek (with similar sections for the 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2005 The Year In Review).

“Colorado Gas Royalty Law:  The Intersection of Implied Covenants and Class Treatment,” The Colorado Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. 11 (November 2014 pp. 57-60).

“What You Didn’t Say:  Implied Obligations at the Cutting Edge of Natural Gas Development,” ABA Energy and Natural Resources Newsletter, Vol. 2, No. 1, December 2013

“Choice of Law” section in “International Litigation Year in Review” article, 40:2 ABA International Lawyer 275, pp. 297-99, with Meshach Y. Rhoades (Summer 2006)

Communication Skills and Conflict Resolution (Faith and Life Press 1983), revised as Let’s Talk: Communication Skills and Conflict Transformation (Faith and Life Press 2000), Spanish translation Dialoguemos:  Técnicas de Comunicación y Transformación de Conflictos (Semilla 2006).

“The Migrant Workers Convention: Its Place in Human Rights Law,” 25 International Migration Review 771 (1991) (with Professor James A.R. Nafziger)

“Med – Arb as a Distinct Method of Dispute Resolution: History, Analysis, and Potential,” 27 Willamette Law Review 661 (1991).

“Tort Law and the Safety Belt Defense: Analysis and Recent Oregon Developments,” 26 Willamette Law Review 517 (1990).

Animation in Haiti: MCC Haiti’s Experience with Rural Community Development (MCC Occasional Paper No. 8, 1989).

Barry Bartel


(303) 926-5292

Barry serves as part of Native Law Group’s litigation team supporting, defending, and advocating for tribal rights, resources, businesses, and interests.  He honed his litigation skills at top law firms in the Denver area over fifteen years of practice.  Barry’s broad experience in litigation, corporate governance, and community development provides him with a unique perspective and strong foundation in helping clients understand new and complex cases, and crafting strategies to resolve those cases.

Over his career Barry developed significant experience litigating royalty, ownership, and natural resources issues.  As a part of this work he served as an integral part of teams handling complex class action litigation involving natural gas royalties.  Barry’s broad range of litigation experience also includes cases involving commercial contracts, fraudulent misrepresentation, fraudulent transfers, leasehold contract interpretation, organizational governance, commercial landlord/tenant litigation, right-of-ways and easements, and jurisdictional issues. 

In these matters he advised clients on strategies to prevent disputes and assess claims.  He also worked to resolve cases through negotiation, mediation, and, when necessary, litigation.  Barry has also worked on appeals in these areas.

Barry’s legal work and analysis is enhanced by a number of executive leadership roles he held throughout his career.  Early in his career, Barry spent three years coordinating a rural development project to help communities in Haiti.  Later, he served for five years as co-director of a 70-member multicultural team working in Bolivia and with indigenous people throughout South America to promote small businesses, sustainable agriculture, appropriate technologies, school libraries, youth involvement, and strong health practices. He was honored to serve as president of his alma mater, a liberal arts college in Kansas.

Barry also has experience helping for-profit and non-profit organizations develop effective and clear governance structures, including a Colorado-based non-profit supporting sustainable agriculture projects in Latin America.  He has also provided leadership for local, regional, and national Mennonite church entities and has served on numerous boards.  Barry currently serves on the Mennonite Education Agency Investment Committee managing endowment funds for educational institutions.

Barry grew up in La Junta, Colorado, and has lived in the Denver area since 2010 with his wife, Brenda, an elementary music teacher.  Personal travel these days revolves around family time with their son, his wife, and their son, who live near Portland, Oregon, and their daughter, her husband, and their daughter and son, who live near Kansas City, Kansas.  Barry enjoys meeting people and learning about their culture and ways of life, documenting his experiences through photography, and playing his euphonium horn in instrumental ensembles at their church.